Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”
When I read this passage this morning I found myself lingering on the words “I will be found in you.” I happily savored the memories of playing hide and seek with sweet Julia. When it is my turn to hide and her turn to seek, I always make myself easy to find. Sometimes I make noises or leave the door slightly open to the closet so that she can find me quickly. Sometimes I hide in the same place repeatedly. I want Julia to search for me, but always find me. I look forward to her pure joy when I am found.
This memory deepens my understanding of the Lord’s love for us. He wants us to search for Him, He also wants us to find Him---what joy we have when we do. He doesn’t try to mislead us or trick us; He does all he can to help lead us to Him. He gives us His word, prayer, He guides us through the power of the Holy Spirit, and He also blesses us with people around us to propel us in our search. If we find Him somewhere once, we will be sure to find Him there again.
“I will be found in you.” What a promise to savor! In a world where heartache and pain find us so easily, it is certainly reassuring to know that our greatest source of strength is so easily to find.
It is my prayer that you will recognize His love for you, receive it with humility, and let His love overflow in your life.
Love and Blessings, Allison
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